DESPITE the sweltering heat, University of Sto. Tomas’ (UST) Dave Gumacal and Vilma Santa Ana shone brightly as they dominated athletics’ men and women’s 10,000-meter walk respectively on Sunday in the 2014 Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Olympic Committee (PSC-POC) National Games at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.
Gumacal timed 54:49.2 seconds to win the men’s gold while teammate Santa Ana posted 1:06:26.3 in the women’s side for a surprising dominance by the Growling Tigers. Edgar Bardel of Team Titus-Pasay claimed the silver with 56:37.6 while Rex Reyes settled for the bronze with 59:04.8. In the women’s side, teammate Jenelyn Surdilla brought home the silver with 1:07:03.8 and May Allaine Tagalog of Rizal Technological University for the bronze medal.
Athletics’ juniors competition also had Cebu City’s Clair Diongson winning the gold in the 10,000m walk with 1:04:14.6 followed by Joseph Oliver Cellona of University of the Philippines (UP) for second with 1:05:18.3 and John Lloyd Lamaclamac also of UST finished third with 1:06:51.2. Ma. Elizabeth Capioso of UP, Jona Victoriano of San Pedro Poveda and Annabelle Reyes of Dasmariñas finished 1-2-3 in the women’s juniors 10,000-m walk.
Angel Carino of Dasmarinas City showed a lot of promise after bagging the gold in the women’s juniors long jump with a leap of 5.25m. Aldee-Faith Denuyo of UST was second with 4.97m and Rosemarie Olorvida of LSA-Smart was third in 4.93-m. Tito Carpio scored 562 points to win the gold in shooting’s men air rifle 10-m while Shanin Gonzales finished with 372 to grab the women 10-m air rifle gold also on Sundy at the Fort Bonifacio Range in Muntinlupa City.
Carpio’s victory in the men’s side at least relegated veteran Carolino Gonzales to second with 559 and Robert Donalvo for the bronze with 554. Angela Dimaculangan, however, was a distant second to Gonzales with 363 followed by Sophia Graciels for third with 352.